Shopping for a new luxury SUV is an exciting process that starts by conducting some research. There are many great models out there, including the 2021 BMW X3 and the 2021 Audi Q5. Both SUVs have a lot to offer, but how do you know which one has the specifications that best suit your unique lifestyle in the Great Lakes State?

To help drivers like you throughout Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI, figure out which luxury SUV has exactly what you want, BMW of Rochester Hills has put together the following comparison. Sit down, relax, and read on to find out how the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 match up head-to-head!

2021 BMW X3 vs 2021 Audi Q5: Engines & Performance

One of the first things on your list of priorities is likely performance. Both luxury SUVs offer adaptable all-wheel drive systems that can help you navigate with confidence no matter what the road conditions are ahead. In the BMW X3, you will find the available xDrive all-wheel drive system, and in the Audi Q5, you will find the quattro® all-wheel drive system.

Under the Hood

The 2021 BMW X3 has three different engines across its trim levels. However, the Audi Q5 only has one in its lineup. The first offered by the BMW X3 is a standard 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower. For more power, the second engine is an optional 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine with an impressive 382 horsepower.

Hybrid Engine Options

The third engine offered by the 2021 BMW X3 is a combination of electric and gas-powered: a 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with an integrated electric motor. Together, these engines produce 288 horsepower. With this hybrid system on board, you can expect to enjoy responsiveness blended with efficiency whenever you take the wheel.

While the standard engine in the 2021 Audi Q5 is a hybrid, it falls short of its BMW competitor, with just 261 horsepower.

Standard Efficiency

The standard BMW X3 offers an EPA-estimated 25 city and 29 highway MPG.1 In the Audi Q5, you can expect a similar, yet slightly lower, EPA-estimated 23 city and 28 highway MPG.

Pick Your Mode

The BMW X3 also lets you tailor each drive depending on your mood. It comes standard with Driving Dynamics Control, which features the following modes:

●      ECO PRO mode

●      COMFORT mode

●      SPORT mode

If this versatility sounds appealing to you, keep in mind the 2021 Audi Q5 does not come standard with multiple drive modes. From its standard drive modes to two extra engine options to choose from and a motor with significantly more horsepower, the BMW X3 ultimately outshines the Audi Q5 in this category.

So, if you want extra thrills, quicker acceleration, and multiple drive modes, the 2021 BMW X3 has it all.

Interior Comfort & Amenities in the BMW X3 vs Audi Q5

The interiors of the 2021 BMW X3 and Audi Q5 have a lot of similarities in terms of comfort and convenience. Some of the standard features you will find in both models include:

●      Automatic 3-zone Climate Control system

●      Power tailgate

●      40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats

●      Engine Start/Stop Button

If you want the flexibility to transport luggage and more passengers with room to stretch out in, the BMW X3 may be a better fit. In the BMW X3, a 28.7-cubic foot trunk makes room for shopping bags, backpacks, and more even with every seat filled. In the 2021 Audi Q5, you will find a smaller 24.7-cubic foot trunk.

Extra Cargo Room

The 2021 BMW X3 also has a total of 62.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Meanwhile, the Audi Q5 has only 51.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space available.  

2021 BMW X3 vs 2021 Audi Q5: Technology & Infotainment

Both luxury models also have great tech features that keep you connected and entertained between Point A and Point B. One useful feature offered by each SUV is an available full-color Head-up Display. This display shows driving data on your windshield, including speed limit information, navigation, and more, so you can keep your eyes on the road ahead.

Expansive Digital Instrument Cluster

The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 offer available 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Clusters too, so you can stay tuned into your vehicle while you travel. On top of that, they both have infotainment systems with touchscreen displays and smartphone capabilities.

Crystal-Clear Touchscreen Displays

These capabilities allow you to stream music as well as text and make calls hands-free and much more. In the 2021 BMW X3, you will find a standard 10.25-inch central information display. In comparison, you will find a similar 10.1-inch touchscreen display in the 2021 Audi Q5.

Sound All Around

Every joy ride needs an epic playlist to match it. The Audi Q5 comes with a standard 10-speaker sound system, while the BMW X3 comes standard with a bit more immersive 12-speaker audio system.

Handwriting Convenience

To make it even easier to use your infotainment system, both luxury SUVs come with handwriting functionality that enables you to write out your search using your finger. In the BMW X3, you will find the iDrive touchpad Controller. Meanwhile, in the Audi Q5, you will find the MMI® touch display.

Completely Connected

Along with these technology features, the BMW X3 comes standard with the Connected Package Plus, which includes convenient Real Time Traffic as well as the following BMW Remote Services:

●      Stolen Vehicle Recovery

●      Remote Door Unlock

●      BMW Connected App

●      Concierge Services

The Audi Q5 has similar features in its Audi connect® system, but it only comes standard with a 6-month trial. That means you can enjoy these convenient features for a longer period in the 2021 BMW X3.

Which Luxury Vehicle Comes Out on Top?

It's a close call when comparing the 2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5. When looking at engine options, cargo space, and standard tech features, the BMW X3 comes out ahead of the Audi Q5.

For drivers around Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, looking to test drive the BMW X3, come by BMW of Rochester Hills. Our team can answer any questions you may have and get you behind the wheel. Contact us by phone or online today!

1 Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower. Note for MPGe: All data are provisional and subject to official confirmation. The provisional power consumption figures have been calculated based on the ECE test cycle.

Make an Inquiry


BMW of Rochester Hills

45550 Dequindre Rd
Directions Shelby Township, MI 48317

  • Sales: (888) 294-1015
  • Service: (248) 997-7700
  • Parts: (248) 997-7700


  • Monday 9:00AM-8:00PM
  • Tuesday 9:00AM-6:00PM
  • Wednesday 9:00AM-6:00PM
  • Thursday 9:00AM-8:00PM
  • Friday 9:00AM-6:00PM
  • Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM
  • Sunday Closed